Seahawks blow up on day three of draft
Round 4, pick 18: Gary Jennings, WR, 6’1″, 214 pounds. Jennings may not be as fast as D.K. Metcalf, but his 4.42 40 was better than several receivers taken ahead of him, including N’Keal Harry, A.J. Brown, and Deebo Samuel. Oh, and he’s faster than Antonio Brown, too (4.47). I’m fine with a possession receiver with that kind of speed. Check out Lee Vowell’s in-depth look here. I really like the value at this spot.
Round 4, pick 22: Phil Haynes, G, 6’4″, 322 pounds. Jennings is faster than Haynes, too. Think of Haynes as a not-so-mini mini-D.J. Fluker. Haynes posted 47 starts at Wake Forest, most at left guard. He’s big (obviously) and strong (33 bench press reps). Lee’s in-depth take is here. Here’s a fun fact: Haynes is the only player of 11 taken with Seattle’s original selection. Another solid, if not spectacular, pick.
Round 4 pick 30: Ugo Amadi, CB, 5’9″, 199 pounds. Okay, so he’s a little shorter than the Seahawks typically like in the secondary. In his last two seasons at Oregon, he had 16 pass defenses and seven interceptions – two of those pick-sixes. He was also a team captain and made defensive secondary calls. The Hawks love those qualities. Here’s Mr. Vowell’s in-depth look. As Lee wrote, Amadi is definitely a team-first guy and a leader. Again, not spectacular, but solid pick.
Round 5, pick 4: Ben Burr-kirven, LB, 6’0″, 230 pounds. I loved the pick in my initial look at BBK, and nothing has changed my opinion. At worst, he’ll be a special teams beast for years. I think Burr-kirven is the steal of the Seahawks draft.
Round 6, pick 32: Travis Homer, RB, 5’10”, 201 pounds. His 4.48 40 time was 5th-best in the combine, and his vertical (39.5″) and broad jump (130″) were both top two results. Homer has a habit of cracking would-be blitzers, too. For a bit more on Homer and the next two selections, take a look here. Homer may not be a steal, but he’s a great value in the sixth round.
Round 6, pick 37: Demarcus Christmas, DT, 6’3″, 294 pounds. A three-year starter for the Florida State Seminoles, Christmas excels at shutting down the run. He needs to improve his initial burst off the line, though. He has a lot of work to do in his pass rush game to stick on the roster.
Round 7, pick 22: John Ursua, WR, 5’9″, 178 pounds. This is the pick that ruined so many Seahawks draft writeups, including mine which you can read here. Leave it to Seattle to work a trade halfway through the last round, right? It’s hard to argue with 89 catches and 16 touchdowns, but his 4.56 speed says Ursua is a possession receiver. It’s obvious the Hawks wanted him badly as they gave up a 2020 sixth-round pick to get him, rather than risk him being snapped up before they could sign him as an undrafted free agent.
Seattle had solid picks in the fourth round, but for me, the biggest values were Burr-kirven and Homer in the fifth and sixth. The Hawks had a very solid day three of the draft.